I’m finding that when I am not daily spending time with Jesus–it sure shows…and believe it or not–I run out of things to say. When I am not drinking from the River of Life, the waters become stale and stagnant. Oh the importance of seeking Him early in the morning. In this day and age, going to church won’t even suffice–I must seek Him on my own…then the His waters of life shall flow as my husband says…”deep from the depths of the bowels of my being”. And oh, how true.
Otherwise, we are pretty shallow people…and according to some television shows, Christians are being betrayed as weak losers who can’t function in a society without having a mental breakdown.
The president of the college I attended once said, “we cannot be so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good”. At the time I didn’t agree with the statement–but I am seeinng that being “heavenly minded” can cause a high-mindedness that then causes Christians to have an attitude of “i’m too good for you”–basic spiritual pride and calling it “standing for our beliefs”. It is really sickening if you think about it. Christians don’t even know how to truly love others without becoming superficial and fake with a plastic smile on our face.
Hey, I speak for myself–I am in that department too–I consider myself a Christian and desire to beat the “christian system”. To truly know Christ is a not an easy thing–it wrenches your entire being–it stretches you beyond limits–it causes suffering. There is nothing great on this earth about being a Christian–but our reward is in heaven–not here as some ministers have built their castles up high…they have their reward.
Where is the oil in our lamps–how is your oil burning? Is it burning bright? Or just enough to get by? Where’s your treasure–on this earth or in His heart?
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. KJV
There will be many that will not have enough oil and cry out in despair–the good news is–there is still time…time to get our homes in order–not our physical homes but our hearts–the home of our heart. There is time to get our hearts right and put away the silly kingdoms we have made for ourselves and led others astray.
And then there is a different side of shallowness that Oswald examines this morning…
Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow aspects of life are not
ordained by God; they are ordained by Him equally as much as the profound. We
sometimes refuse to be shallow, not out of our deep devotion to God but because
we wish to impress other people with the fact that we are not shallow. This is a
sure sign of spiritual pride. We must be careful, for this is how contempt for
others is produced in our lives. And it causes us to be a walking rebuke to
other people because they are more shallow than we are. Beware of posing as a
profound person— God became a baby.
To be shallow is not a sign of being sinful, nor is shallowness an indication that there is no depth to your life at all— the ocean has a shore. Even the shallow things of life, such as eating and drinking, walking and talking, are ordained by God. These are all things our Lord did. He did them as the Son of God, and He said, “A disciple is not above his teacher . . .” ( Matthew 10:24 ).
We are safeguarded by the shallow things of life. We have to live the surface, commonsense life in a commonsense way. Then when God gives us the
deeper things, they are obviously separated from the shallow concerns. Never
show the depth of your life to anyone but God. We are so nauseatingly serious,
so desperately interested in our own character and reputation, we refuse to
behave like Christians in the shallow concerns of life.
Make a determination to take no one seriously except God. You may find that the first person you must be the most critical with, as being the greatest fraud you have ever known, is yourself.
Wow–this is an intense devotion and contradicts almost everything I wrote above. There is nothing wrong with contradiction…nor balance. And we sure do hate the word balance–but is not the earth and the cosmos balanced by the One who created it? Are not our bodies balanced by the cells, dna, etc that make us up. Are not the waters of the sea held back by a boundry or the very finger of God.
To truly know the height and depth and width of His love–and to not just know but to daily walk in it–I fall short everyday. Everyday I am given an opportunity and often fall flat on my face. But I am thankful He picks me up when I am down.
something for me to ponder this day…how is my heart before Jesus?